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Giant Pandas

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Raquel Munoz

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of Giant Pandas

What are vertebrates?
Animals with an internal skeleton made of bone
Include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, primates, rodents and marsupials.
Vertebrates represent only a very small percentage of all animals
Physical Features
Habitat/ Ecosystem
Bamboo forest mountains in Western China
Qinling
Minshan
They used to live in eastern and southern parts but expanding human populations limit their refuge.
Staus: endangered.
Growing human population

Ailuropoda Melanoleuca

By: Raquel Munoz
Marianna Herrera

Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Carnivora
Family:
Ailuropodidae
Genus:
Ailuropoda
Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Fast Facts
Diet:
Carnivore digestive system but vegetarian diet (bamboos)
Average life span in the wild:
14-20 (Wild), 30 (Captivity)
Size:
Can grow up to 6 feet
Weight:
Adult panda, 100-150kg
White coat with black fur
eyes
ears
legs
shoulders

Unique physical features:
Broad, flat molar teeth
Enlarged wrist bone that functions as an opposable thumb

WHY THEY MATTER
Pandas play a crucial role in the bamboo forests where they roam by spreading seeds and facilitating growth of vegetation
Reproduction
Behavior
solitary and peaceful animals
will fight back if necessary
Strong jaw muscles and large molar teeth
Climbers
Cubs- 6 months
up to 4,000 meters
Do not hibernate
Reach breeding maturity between four and eight years of age.
Female pandas ovulate only once a year, in the spring.
Female giant pandas give birth between 95 and 160 days after mating.
Females may give birth to two young, usually only one survives
Lifestyle
Giant pandas do not hibernate.
Pandas spent most of their lives alone.
References
Questions:
1. What are the main threats to Pandas ?
2. What is their strongest sense?
3.How can giant pandas live only on bamboo although they have internal organs of carnivorous mammals?
4.Are they forced to eat bamboo?
http://www.kidport.com/reflib/science/animals/animalindexv.htm

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